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Poster: Tenor madman Date: Dec 14, 2008 2:56am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: quick question

Watching and reviewing some of these 50's TV shows is fun and interesting. However, if I try to resize any of the viewers I lose clarity. Can the video quality of any of these posts be enhanced so that they can appear in a larger viewer? The VLC player or Windows media player don't seem to have any functions that make any difference (to my knowledge).

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Poster: quigs Date: Dec 14, 2008 10:22am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: quick question

I think it has something to do with the format you choose ro download it. Generally, the lower the format, the larger the distortion. Never choose 64 mpeg. It download quickly but do not take it out of the little, you won't like what you see. The format of 512(the larger screen IA uses) is good for watching on site. I hope that helps alittle.

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Poster: Retrojunkie Date: Dec 15, 2008 2:26pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: quick question

As a general rule, the larger the file, the higher the definition. That isn't always the case, but generally the file is larger because there's more video and audio data in it, which makes the default screen size larger.

You'll always have some loss of clarity when increasing to full-screen, though with the best pictures the loss is insignificant.

Generally, I look for MPEG-2 first, though OGG is often an excellent bet. Then I look for .AVI (which isn't technically a format but I don't care, they usually have decent resolution). Next, I'd check out the MPEG-1, and after that I just go by file size. Sometimes people mix up the formats when they're listing things, so if you see an MPEG-1 file that's considerably larger than the MPEG-2, somebody got it backward. Download the larger file.

Bear in mind that for some of the old pictures, the best quality you can find is often pretty horrid. While there are always people trying to preserve things for posterity, they're always in the minority, and some of this stuff came out of trash bins, attics, and other assorted places unfriendly to film. Also, the film deteriorates over time. So sometimes you just have to put up with it.

As another general rule, you should never increase the size of the viewing area in your media player to more than double the original size. More than that and the loss of definition is too great for enjoyment. If your chair reclines, or you can otherwise get a bit farther from the screen, try that. Motion pictures were intended to be viewed from a distance, so get too close and you see flaws you were never meant to know about.

Have fun, and don't wreck your eyes. :)